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How the public is betting Ohio State vs. Penn State

The biggest game of the college football weekend features two of the best teams in the Big Ten. Where is the betting money going as we get closer to kickoff?

NCAA Football: Nebraska at Ohio State Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest game of the college football weekend will take place on Saturday night when the Ohio State Buckeyes travel on the road to play the Penn State Nittany Lions.

This was expected to be the game of the year in the Big Ten and maybe it still is, but it lost a little luster after Week 1’s results. While Ohio State took care of business against Nebraska, Penn State is coming off an unexpected loss to Indiana. However with a win over Ohio State on Saturday, the Nittany Lions could be in the driver’s seat to win the Big Ten East.

With that, let’s take a look at where the sports bettors are spending their money as we get closer to kickoff.

All odds and info are provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Point spread

Ohio State is favored by 10 points in this game, and a lot of the action is going to the side of the Buckeyes. Of all the bets placed on the point spread, 82% of bets are siding with Ohio State including 87% of the money being wagered.

Is the public right? No. Penn State has what it takes to keep this game close till the final minutes. While there will be no packed whiteout crowd, this is still a home game for the Nittany Lions. In the opener, Penn State outgained Indiana 488-211, so the Nittany Lions dominated that game and should’ve won. Penn State covering is tremendous value.


The point total for Saturday night’s matchup is at 64, and 74% of the action is going to the over with 69% of the handle.

Is the public right? Again, I would go against the public here. If Penn State keeps this game close like I think it will, the Nittany Lions will have to limit possessions, which lends itself to the under.


Ohio State has moneyline odds of -375, while a Penn State upset would give Nittany Lions bettors a +270 payout. Eighty-seven percent of the bets are going to the side of the Buckeyes in addition to 87% of the handle.

Is the public right? Well, the public went 1-for-3 here because it would be a major stunner if Ohio State went out and lost this game, and this would be the story of the weekend. While the Nittany Lions keep it close, Ohio State will pull off the victory.

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